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HP University ignores disabled students, denies 5 % quota in admissions, NGO warns of legal action

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The Foundation alleged that due to the criminal negligence of the Department of Social Justice and Empowerment, the disabled population has been deprived of benefits of this new welfare Act.

Shimla – The Disabled Students Association of Himachal Pradesh University had recently alleged the University of denying five percent reservation quota in the admissions to disabled students in the session 2017-18. It alleged the State Government didn’t implement the Rights of Persons with Disabilities Act, 2016, despite directions of the Central Government.

The Act passed on December 16, 2016, was supposed to be implemented across the country from April 19, 2017. However, the HP University didn’t adhere to the guidelines and failed to implement the new Act.

For the first time, people with multiple disabilities, muscular dystrophy and thalassemia have been included in the list of disabilities and are being provided with a number of relaxations and benefits.

New Act had replaced the 22-years-old Persons with Disabilities Act, 1995. In the new Act, total 21 disabilities were identified as compared to seven in the old Act.

While other universities like the Jawahar Lal Nehru, Delhi, has implemented the Act, HPU sticks to the old roster. Several disabled students faced disappointment as they were told the reserved seats were already full. The students were told the varsity has not yet implemented the new Act.

A Shimla-based non-profit organization, Umang Foundation, has also come in support of the disabled students and warned the State Government of legal action if the Act isn’t implemented within 15 days.

The Foundation alleged that due to the criminal negligence of the Department of Social Justice and Empowerment, the disabled population has been deprived of benefits of this new welfare Act. The Act could not be implemented in the universities and colleges in the current session and admissions are closed now.

It is very unfortunate that after passing more than three months, the state government is sleeping on the Act. It is unacceptable and we will file definitely a PIL in the High Court after 15 days to force the government to implement the Act

, said Ajai Srivastava, chairman of the foundation.

In a letter to the Chief Minister Virbhadra Singh, he said if no immediate action was taken, he will approach the High Court to ensure justice to the disabled persons.

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Himachal Shuts Down All Educational Institutes A Week After Re-Opening 

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Himachal Pradesh Educational Institutes closed again

Shimla-A week after re-opening for regular classes, the Himachal Pradesh Government had to shut down all government and private schools, colleges, ITIs, polytechnics, engineering colleges and coaching institutes from 11th to 25th November 2020, for students, teaching and non-teaching staff amid alarming surge in COVID-19 cases and fatalities.

The decision was taken in a Cabinet meeting held on November 10, 2020. It’s pertinent to mention that the state government had re-opened the school for the students of 9th to 12th from November 2. However, during the past few days, hundreds of teachers and several students tested positive in various schools, especially in Mandi district.

Meanwhile, the unpreparedness of the state government came to light as the largest medical facility – IGMC Shimla- ran out of space in isolation wards for COVID-19 patients. It’s packed to full capacity. Reportedly, another dedicated COVID-19 hospital – DDU Shimla- was also running out of space. The government has also failed to establish make-shift hospitals, which it had been promising for the past couple of months. However, Chief Minister Jairam Thakur had been maintaining in media statements that the government was prepared for all eventualities.

Questions have also been raised over the quality of protective gear provided to health staff as several officials tested positive at a COVID-19 hospital in Mandi district.

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Nauni Varsity Session 2020-21: List of Selected Candidates for UG Courses Released

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UHF Nauni UG Course Selection list 2020-21

Solan: Dr. YS Parmar University of Horticulture and Forestry, Nauni has released the college and discipline wise list of selected candidates, both for normal and self-financing seats for admission to BSc Horticulture, BSc Forestry and B Tech Biotechnology for academic session 2020-21. The list of selected candidates, college and discipline wise has been prepared on the basis of counselling proformas and the relevant reservation documents submitted by the candidates through email. 

The selected candidates have been advised to deposit the admission fee in the respective bank accounts of the colleges on any day between 9-12 November. Presently due to COVID, the concessional fee is being charged from the candidates. The candidates will have to send a copy of the bank receipt no/ screenshot of the fee deposited online on the email of the colleges mentioned in the notification. Non-deposit of the fee within the due date will result in the cancellation of the claim for admission.

The candidates are advised to go through the detailed notification uploaded on the university website. The concessional fee details, bank account numbers of respective colleges along with email address has been given in the list. In view of COVID, the classes of the students will be conducted through online mode till further orders.  

The selected candidates shall have to report to the dean of the concerned college along with original documents(list mentioned in the notification) as and when directed by the way of a notice on the university website.

 

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Himachal’s Schools/Colleges to Re-Open for Regular Classes from Today  

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Himachal's schools re-open for regular classes

Shimla-Schools in Himachal Pradesh are today re-opening for regular classes after remaining closed for over seven months due to the COVID-19 pandemic. The decision was taken to allow regular classes for the students of Class 9th to 12th  in the last meeting of the Cabinet. However, online classes would also continue. Regular classes would also be resumed in the colleges from today onwards.

The SOPs have also been issued in this regard. According to the SOPs, a written consent of parents to send their children to schools would be mandatory, and the students can opt to study online if they do not wish to attend the school physically.

Also, schools can’t enforce attendance on students. In case the number of students is more than that of the capacity of classrooms, then principals/headmasters have been given liberty to conduct classes on alternate days to maintain social distancing.

Meanwhile, COVID-19 continues to tighten grip on the state as eight deaths were reported on November 1, 2020. Over two dozen staff including Dr Janak Raj, MS, also tested positive at the IGMC Shimla. Earlier, 22 school teachers in Mandi district and Education Minister had also tested positive.

Till November 1, 2020 (9 PM), the official statistics of the state Health Department showed the total number of confirmed COVID-19 cases to be 22264, of which 2973. A total of 320 persons had lost their lives due to COVID-19. 

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